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ANTON PIATIGORSKY reads from THE IRON BRIDGE

Anton Piatigorsky

The Iron Bridge (Steerforth Press)

The Iron Bridge is a collection of imagined stories from the teenage years of six 20th century dictators. We discover a teenaged Mao Tse-Tung refusing an arranged marriage; Idi Amin cooking for the British Army; Stalin living in a seminary; and a melodramatic young Adolf Hitler dreaming of vast architectural achievements. Pol Pot and Rafael Trujillo are also subjects of separate stories. Piatigorsky explores moments that are nothing more than vague incidents in the biographies of these men, expanding mere footnotes into entire realities and capturing in print those crucial instants in time that may well have helped to deliver some of the most infamous leaders in history.

Praise for The Iron Bridge:

"Anton Piatigorsky has found a rich gothic seam in 20th-century dictatorship, and, in six subtle and learned tales, sets the genre upon the weird adolescences of Idi Amin, Pol Pot, Mao, Stalin, Rafael Trujillo and Hitler . . . "The Iron Bridge" is such a rich text that each story demands essays and dissertations in response. . . . Piatigorsky solves historical fiction's dilemmas with enviable skill and originality." -- The National Post

"Piatigorsky manages to present this sextet of future tyrants . . . as deeply flawed people and not just stereotypes. He humanizes, but doesn't glamorize, them. These stories, which all seem plausible, provide us with some real insight into the protagonists' manipulative minds, thus providing perspective into their adult actions as murderous psycopaths. 'The child is father of the man, ' the poet William Wordsworth once wrote. The stories in this collection show it will be so." -- Winnipeg Free Press

Award-winning dramatist Anton Piatigorsky is a native of Washington, DC and now lives in Toronto. His Eternal Hydra was called “one of the best Canadian plays of the past decade” by NOW magazine. The chamber opera Airline Icarus, for which he wrote the libretto, won the Italian Primo Fedora Award in 2011. His most recent play, Breath In Between, debuted in August 2012. He has twice won the Dora Mavor Moore Award. The Iron Bridge is his first work of prose fiction.

Event date: 
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
1818 N Vermont Ave
90027 Los Angeles
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The Iron Bridge: Short Stories of 20th Century Dictators as Teenagers Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9781586422189
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Steerforth Press - July 9th, 2013